Raptors prep for playoffs, beat "resting" Cavaliers 98-83By Kelly Sanders Apr 16, 2017
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The Cavaliers, after being in the driver's seat of the Eastern Conference for much of the season, suddenly find themselves vulnerable and out of first place. Tristan Thompson returned after missing the previous four games with a sprained right thumb and scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds in the first half.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) scores past Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center.
While the Cavs closed out the regular season in an epic downward spiral, the Celtics finished strong, clinching the No. 1 seed for the first time since 2008 with a 53-29 record. This is normally not a big deal for one of the league's highest scoring offenses, but the team looks to be struggling both on and off the court with team chemistry. "I'm confident going into the playoffs that I can get to that next level".
Over the course of the season, coach Tyronn Lue has been forced to shuffle in 22 different players due to injuries and unevenness. Now the Playoffs are here and we have all 15 guys healthy. I don't know [Laughs].
"Obviously, we wanted to get the ball to Paul to be able to get the shot to win the game", he said. "We're focused on ourselves and the Milwaukee Bucks". The Cavs' front office considers it one of Lue's greatest strengths as a coach.
"Last year was magical for us", Love said.
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The four-time league MVP and ten-time All-NBA First Team selection emphasized, "If it's making sacrifices for yourself, or for the benefit of the team, taking away things that you love to do but feel like you have to be committed more to the team, so be it". This season went by fast.
On April 9, Westbrook recorded his 42nd triple-double, breaking Oscar Robertson's 55-year-old record for most triple-doubles (41) in a season. As Sporting News noted, this slump was more than enough for the team to give up the top seed in the Eastern Conference to the Boston Celtics. "Really the last month, we've been in the position where we needed our good player to do that in order for us to be standing here today". Toronto has gotten better.
Less than three years ago, his future was in doubt after a gruesome compound fracture while playing in a USA Basketball scrimmage.
Just days after they surprisingly waived DeAndre Liggins and replaced him with guard Dahntay Jones, the Cavs thought that another roster shakeup was necessary.
Jones is back with the Cavs after helping them win the National Basketball Association title last spring. As the No.2 seed in the Eastern Conference, the Cavs will battle the No.7 ranked Indiana Pacers in a best-of-7 first-round series begninning Saturday night at the Q Arena. There were a number of times earlier in his career when it seemed like he and his team will fail, but they still managed to have a deep run in the playoffs.
The Cavs vs Pacers game will revolve on the match up between George and James, the two stars each playing against each other.
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